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Gerard Farrés gains position before the rest day in Iquique

The Gas Gas rider is embodies 'the phoenix' after a difficult first week of Dakar. Farrés gains positions and faces the second week with optimism after counteracting the setbacks experienced during the first part of the rally, and today having his best result with a 42nd position allowing him to advance in the overall in the 2015 Dakar Argentina-Bolivia-Chile.
After the misfortune of recent days in Dakar, this was not the most auspicious day for Gerard Farrés, after an initial week of the rally marked by setbacks. However, today, between Antofagasta and Iquique, the Gas Gas rider claimed his best stage in Dakar so far.

The Catalan rider has managed to turn his back on all the problems suffered during the first part of the 2015 Argentina-Bolivia-Chile Rally to achieve his best result in the classification. Farrés, who started from a delayed position this morning, has managed to put together some good specials to advance to 42nd in this stage linking Antofagasta and Iquique, a timed 319 kilometers prior to the day of rest only for 'motards'. The day of rest for cars and trucks will be on Sunday.

Like the day before, on Friday the riders faced the daunting Atacama desert in one stage, without much 'fesh fesh' like the day before, but with more sand, and followed a path along the Pacific coast to Iquique, and a deserved resting stage for the motorcycle riders before a looming second punishing week, considering the two marathon stages that are concentrated in the next seven days.

After a week of complications for Gerard Farrés, running in lagging positions where he really did not deserve to be, the Gas Gas rider has retaliated today from all evils to get the 42nd position, and to recover several positions overall by climbing to 68th in the provisional, and has arrived at the rest phase.

For the riders, Saturday will bring a well deserved rest day in Iquique (Chile), having already completed the first part of the rally. Rest day for 'motards' and a 'non stop' day for the mechanics who must fine-tune all the mechanical components before the second, and crucial part of the Dakar.

On Sunday, the motorcycle riders face the first of two stages of the Dakar marathon, two consecutive days of competition for 'motards' returning to Uyuni -in Bolivia- in which they may not have the help of their assistance teams and where they should take special care of both the mechanics of their bikes as well as the wear of their tires.

Gerard Farrés:Today, finally, it seems that I have turned my back on the problems in this Dakar. Getting to Iquique is an award not only for me, but for the whole team, which has bent over backwards for me during the last days. I am extremely grateful for all their efforts. There have been very difficult times during this first week, but among all of this we have recovered. Faced with adversity, some people look for excuses and no one seeks solutions, and I think that in this last stage, we have found the right ways to proceed on the rally route. It was a hard, very difficult for us, but I have no doubt that we will draw a positive result of all the adversities that we have lived during this week. Our EC 450 is a young bike, growing at each stage, we have an excellent base to work with and to gain very valid information for the future. We have been working together for a year on this project, and despite the inconveniences that may arise along the way, I am clear that we have done a good job, otherwise we would never have gotten this far, to Iquique. After these last days, to reach the resting stage is a prize for all of us today, really, as I have rediscovered myself as a rider, but we still have a lot ahead. There you go every day and challenge after challenge, the Dakar is an endurance and reaching the resting stage only gives us extra motivation to reach the end."

Stage 6, Friday (688 km): Antofagasta-Iquique

1. Hélder Rodrigues, 3h40m10s 
2. Toby Price, +00:01:40 
3. Paulo Gonçalves, +00:01:42 
42. Gerard Farrés, (Gas Gas) +00:49:42

General classification

1. Joan Barreda Bort, 17:51:05 
2. Marc Coma, +0:12:27 
3. Paulo Gonçalves, +0:17:12
68. Gerard Farrés (Gas Gas), +8:53:09


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